The mother of Jesus in art, life and devotion.
De Maria, numquam satis.
Mary is my first love.
- St John Vianney
Through Mary, the miserable obtain mercy, the graceless find grace, and sinners receive pardon. The weak gain strength, earthlings acquire heavenly things, mortals win life, and pilgrims find their country.
- St Augustine
Glorious indeed, and admirable is thy name, O Mary; for those who pronounce it at death need not fear all the powers of hell.
- St. Bonaventure
Since Catholicism is a world religion, the culture of Mary is as diverse as that of the continents that bear her imprint.
- Miri Rubin in ‘Mother of God’
The most powerful means we have for drawing down the benevolence of Mary towards us is a virtue. That virtue is love for our neighbour.
- St. Gregory Nazianze
O Lady, let those who have no hope have hope in thee.
- St Bernard of Clairvaux
Her kindness will see you through to the end. Then you will know by your own experience how true it is that the Virgin’s name was Mary.
When you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you. She is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!
- St Bernardine of Siena
In this world the Blessed Virgin was poor and unknown, but in heaven she is glorious and beautiful, the Queen of Angels.
- St Anthony of Padua
Mary is the most faithful mediatress of our salvation.
- St Bonaventure
May is the month of promise; and is not this the very aspect in which we most suitably regard the Blessed Virgin, Holy Mary, to whom this month is dedicated?
- Bl John Henry Newman
Our Lady’s name is a strong tower. To her the sinner has recourse, and there finds security and salvation. O sweet name, which gives the sinner strength and blessed hope.
We pray you, Our Lady, Star of the Sea, shine upon us in our distress on the sea of life, and lead us to safe harbour and the ineffable joys of eternity.
Mary as given to the world to be a full aqueduct, so that heavenly gifts may flow from God through her to all men.
May that bright and gentle Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, overcome you with her sweetness.